Over the last two decades, Vinod Joshi has extensively documented indigenous traditions and culture of Rajasthan, the north-western state of India and one of the most vibrant and culturally rich regions in the world.
He has devoted his life to passionate investigation of music, art and crafts of diverse local communities of − what he has mapped into − “seven cultural zones” of Rajasthan.
Vinod has played a pivotal role in creating a series of pioneering heritage-based development initiatives. He has worked as Community Director of Jaipur Virasat Foundation (JVF), Regional Festival Director of Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), Jodhpur and CEO of Jajam Foundation.
During these years, Vinod has played a key role in conceiving and shaping over 40 regional festivals, giving a platform to more than 5000 folk artists.
Vinod Joshi is the Director of this unique festival of Rajasthan’s living roots.
He has managed numerous cross-genre musical collaborations of native folk artists with the likes of Jason Singh (UK), Marc Sinan (Germany), Pete Lockett (UK) and Thomas Eder (Switzerland).
Vinod has written numerous research papers and articles, and has been interviewed by publications and TV channels of international repute.
Vinod’s street documentation of built heritage and crafts & performing arts of the world renowned Pink City paved way for the city’s first heritage walk. Over the years, eminent people from across the world including Prince Charles, Minja Yang, William Dalrymple, Maharaja Gaj Singh and Mark Tully have walked with him.
For his contribution to community arts, Vinod has been felicitated with Raja Kakil Dev Award by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust, Jaipur in 2014.
He completed his Masters degree in Anthropology from University of Rajasthan, during which he undertook a research on Customs, Lifestyle and Culture of Kalbelia, the snake charmer community of Rajasthan.
Vinod Joshi was born in 1966 in the Momasar Village in Bikaner district of Rajasthan where he spent the initial years of his life.